The second season of Glitch will be co-produced by the ABC, Matchbox and Netflix – making it the closest thing to a Netflix Original produced locally.
The first season of the zombie drama streams on Netflix Oz and debuted on Netflix U.S. last week (October 15).
According to Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD of Matchbox Pictures and the show's EP, "Glitch was something that Netflix were interested in very early as a result of the quality of series one."
"Matchbox always tries to produce programs that work for an international audience. The international deal was reasonably simple to construct; the more complicated piece of the puzzle was working with Netflix, NBCUniversal and the ABC to work out the local Australian arrangements, working through windowing and how to manage on-demand."
Oliver-Taylor is excited about what the deal might mean for the local sector.
"We think that by bringing on Netflix to be a co-producer of Glitch with the ABC for series 2 we have achieved a number of things – primarily we have secured a second season of Tony Ayres and Lou Fox's brilliant drama, secondly we have brought a great partner to work with Matchbox and the ABC, and thirdly we can show Glitch to a very large international audience. This new series will generate jobs in Victoria and put our wonderful Australian creative talent on an international stage."
Glitch's cast includes Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan, Offspring), Rodger Corser (Party Tricks, Rush), Emma Booth (Cloud Street, Jack Irish), Emily Barclay (Suburban Mayhem, Lou), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes, Star War Episode III), Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground), Daniela Farinacci (Redfern Now, Lantana), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues) and Ned Dennehy (Sherlock Holmes).
Made up of six one-hour episodes, the show was created by Tony Ayres (The Slap, Cut Snake, Nowhere Boys) and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe).
Speaking to IF, Ayres called Glitch "a series made with a lot of love and passion, and it's thrilling to see the journey of the Risen continue into series two and all across the globe with our phenomenal cast.”